To be honest, we visited quite a few landmarks in Stockholm but it didn’t feel like it! We went to a couple of museums: Vasa museum and Nobel museum and other than that we visited a few of their island.
Vasa museum is indeed a must see. Its Stockholm’s Maritime museum which focuses on the story of the ship, how it was built, when it was built, who worked on it etc. The sad part of the story (And why they turned it into a museum) is that the ship sank 20 minutes after it has been released on the water. The ship didn’t actually made it far from Stockholm City. 333 years later they found the ship 32 metres in the deep sea and got it out. They ship was in a good shape considering how old it was, because they used wood and wood can make it for a long time in water.
So the museum has the ship inside and on the sides you can see drawings and mock-ups of how they built it and how it got released out of the deep sea.
Entrance to the museum was Eur13
Nobel museum is also nice. It has all the people who received a Nobel prize since the very beginning until the present we live in today and it also presents the life of Nobel who created the dynamite and the prize.
Entrance to the museum was Eur12
The Old Town, which is called Gamla Stan (or Stadsholmen), is formed of 3 islands: Stadsholmen, Riddarholmen and Helgeandsholmen and still has that Medieval architecture, look and feel. The buildings have been kept with the same style and look and it can give you the “viking” feeling. 😉
Djurgården is yet another island where you can find most of their museums: Vasa museum, ABBA museum, Nordic museum.
We also did a city boat cruise for one hour, where we went through the “green” areas of Stockholm where you could see people just enjoying the nature and relaxing, we crossed pass the exact dock where Vasa ship was released into the sea and we pass by the Royal Palace. And we also saw a side of Stockholm which is not at all visible in the city centre: the industrial area, where all the big corporations are located.
There is also a very nice view when you get to the docks on the Riddarholmen island, the island where the “law” lives – all the courts and tribunals from the city can be found on that island.